« Clos de Rochebonne » Beaujolais-Blanc

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Grape varieties

Chardonnay

Terroir

This 16th-century walled vineyard is made up of the famous “golden stones” of this south Beaujolais region; it was historically attached to the château de Rochebonne standing at the summit of the village of Theizé, one of the communes of the “Golden Stones Country”. The soil is clay/limestone from the Jurassic era, which is the preferred terroir for Chardonnay. And lastly, facing due east enables it to give wines with a great deal of freshness.

Cultivation

Cultivation according to the criteria of Agriculture Biologique (organic farming). Vines trellised to a height of 2 metres, to keep a maximum leaf area, for good photosynthesis.
Grassed ground where flowers develop and attract a great many insects. Our little Ushant sheep are real environmentally-friendly mowers and help us manage the grassed areas. We use “green picking” in order to obtain a lower yield that is properly ripe and concentrated.

Certified Organic

Vinification

Hand-picking, pneumatic pressing; after slight cold clarification, the juice from the press is casked in barrels that have been used for 1–10 wines; fermentations and maturing on second lees for 8 months.

Tasting

This wine is revealed after a year in the bottle, to express a bouquet of white flowers, citrus fruits, and stone fruits like apricots or mirabelle plums. On the palate, it is underpinned by its elegant minerality, giving it suppleness and a long finish. Serve between 12–14°.

Serve with wine

This is an excellent wine for an aperitif, and marries perfectly with fresh-water fish; Pike, trout, pike-perch.

Beaujolais-Blanc «Clos de Rochebonne» Ratings and awards

James Suckling

84

Bill Nanson
«" Clos de Rochebonne" 2017 A rounded citrus nose, perhaps a touch of oak taking any sharp edges off the shape. Big and fresh in the mouth – an attack on the palate. Palate-staining flavour here – that’s impressive. Good character, great flavour. Excellent – one of the few»
Bettane + Dessauve

15

RVF guide vert 2020

15

RVF

15

Matthew Jukes
«Clos de Rochebonne "White Beaujolais is a rarity. They are only made when soils are perfect - and in the case of «Clos de Rochebonne» they are not only perfect, they are celestially beautiful."»
RVF

15/20

RVF

15/20

Hachette*

* (vin très réussi)